As economic recession in the country deepens, many girls from different parts of Pakistan are thronging to Karachi where the market is comparatively better than in other nearby regions.Salma, an 18-year old call girl, says: “In Lahore we can scarcely find enough business, but if we work only four weekends a month in Karachi, it fetches us twice the amount we would normally earn, despite working day and night…” A wide variety of girls can be found in Karachi’s commercial sex market.“I don’t have to have sex with him, which is normal at other places. ”Once a girl is employed, she cannot refuse to oblige her pimp who will sell her on to as many clients as he wants.Pimps more often than not retain all the money the girls earn in tips, which are particularly forthcoming during dance performances or "mujras."The majority of call girls learn to dance because they can earn more money.Rabia, popularly known as "Bhabi" in the Karachi circuit, demands 20,000 rupees for a night with her new recruit and guarantees the girl’s virginity personally.“The market is down these days, otherwise she is worth at least 50,000 rupees,” she laments.Annie Noureen, a sex worker in Karachi, says: “The ones who don’t know dancing hardly get any tips, but if we do, our clients, when they get drunk, shower us with all the money they have in their wallets…” The optimum period in a call girl’s life is a short one, and usually only lasts until they have crossed their teens.A pimp said: “When the girl is young, she is like a cheque that one can cash even on Sundays, but when she begins to age, she is akin to rotten fish.
My father died and I have to give at least 10,000 rupees every month to support my mother and the rest of my family.
Britain's colonial legacy in Pakistan left a thriving but dark commercial sector in the country's capital, Karachi.
Massoud Ansari investigates the city's desperate marketplace that trades in young women…“Could you deflower a girl? "She has been rotting at my place for the last couple of weeks, with no potential customers…”She wants to put the 14-year-old girl to work in Karachi's commercial sex market as soon as possible.
It becomes hard for her to meet even her monthly expenses.
Those with dancing skills, however, have some bonus years in which to attract customers in this marketplace."The most astute call girls in Karachi work in tandem with their pimps for between six to eight months, after which time they strike out on their own to become suppliers. A one time call girl, she is today one of the best-known pimps in Karachi’s higher social strata.